Bigger isn’t always better, but when you have a stunning outdoor view from your home, you can’t go wrong with a picture window. Even if your view is less than mind blowing, installing a large window will let you keep better watch on the kids, make the room feel larger and bring in lots of extra sunshine.
Picture Windows, Bay Windows and More
Once you decide to “go big,” you’ll have plenty of beautiful and functional window products to choose from on the market. Even though a picture window is stationary and can’t be opened, you can add a couple of screened side windows that either slide open or are casement-type (open up and down) to let in some fresh air.
Bay and bow windows actually jut out from your house a little, and are popular for kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. Bay windows angle outward, while bow windows have a gentle arch.
For a more contemporary look, go bold with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows in a bedroom or family room. Another idea is to install a row of three floor-to-ceiling windows in order to leave some wall space. If you decide to use this design concept, don’t worry about furniture placement – it’s okay to put furniture against a window. Tall plants placed on either end are a great way to accent the space.
If you have a tall ceiling, an arched or peaked window can be a beautiful addition to your home windows. These types of windows actually become a focal point in the room, and add a creative element to the decor and architecture of the house.
Enlarging a Window Opening
A qualified home improvement contractor or window company can enlarge your current window opening to accommodate a larger window. Some even have computer software that shows you in advance what the replacement window will look like in your home. So if you need to replace a window, why not explore some new ideas?
Window Coverings for Large Windows
Unless you live deep in the woods or out on the open prairie, privacy can be a concern with any large window. It’s easy to find a wide variety of window blinds (some are even remote controlled), curtains and other window coverings in ready-made or custom sizes for larger windows and odd shapes.
For more ideas on adding a picture window to your home, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.